Thanks once again to reader Jeff N., who forwarded me the Friday filings by both sides in the DeLay replacement lawsuit. You can see the GOP filing here and the Democratic filing here. Neither one looks like they're breaking new ground, and it's clear from these how each side is approaching the case - the GOP focuses on the law, while the Democrats emphasize the facts of the case. I'm sure I'm not the only person here who's anxiously awaiting Judge Sparks' ruling.
When asked what he would do if Sparks ruled his name must remain on the ballot, DeLay seemed to leave the door open for a return.
"You never know what can happen," he said. "I feel confident we have the law on our side, and we will prevail. But I hadn't thought about it until you asked. There may even be a chance for me to win.
"Wouldn't that be something?"
Finally, the Fort Bend GOP precinct chairs got together yesterday and picked their selector, Terese Raia. They also did the following:
Immediately after the meeting was adjourned, Fort Bend County GOP Chairman Gary Gillen had party officials pass out informal ballots to the CD-22 precinct chairs present, and asked them to vote for the DeLay replacement candidate of their choice.
Gillen’s Harris County counterparts took a similar straw vote last week, but have yet to count the results for fear of influencing the other counties.
However, to the surprise of Raia and several party members in attendance at the meeting, Gillen immediately counted the results of Wednesday night’s straw poll and displayed them.
They showed Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace with 20 votes, state Rep. Charlie Howard with 13, Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers with 7, Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs with 2, and candidates Tim Turner and Tom Campbell with 1 vote apiece. Twelve precinct chairs did not cast votes.
After the votes were tallied, Wallace called on Raia to support him as the candidate favored by Fort Bend County’s CD-22 precinct chairs.
Will any of this matter? We should know soon enough. Stay tuned.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 06, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack